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Muscle Wasting Diseases In Adults
Depends: Disuse atrophy simply suggests that a muscle weakens because of lack of use. A muscle wasting disease can be related to a number of underlying factors, e.g. A neurologic disorder such as muscular dystrophy or lou gehrig's disease. Neurology consultation should be able to help rule out the more worrisome conditions. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Without a prior muscle wasting disease in a healthy 23 yr old what reason would account for muscle wasting following epidural steroid inj?
Get EMG: Issue could be from disk herniation or spinal stenosis (the reason you went to get epidural). There are very rare complications from epidural that could cause these symptoms like an epidural hematoma. The epidural hematoma would almost only be seen if you were on blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) or plavix. You may need another MRI and / or EMG and see a neurologist. Good luck. ...Read more
No simple answer:
There are quite a few diseases that fall into the muscle wasting or atrophy category. They have different causes and as such, different treatments. Some can be successfully treated with exercise and medication, some cannot. The best advice is to seek out a specialist and find out what your treatment options are.
Good luck. ...Read more
Atrophy: Muscle wasting is a general term to describe the gradual loss in muscle mass and can have a umber of potential causes. Atrophy is a similar term. ...Read more
Yes.: But not without stopping the drugs.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not first symptom:
In the example of carpal tunnel which is compression of the
median nerve in the carpal tunnel, the first symptoms are usually
sensory with numbness, tingling and paraesthesias.
As the compression you will start to get motor or muscle changes typically affecting the thenar muscles whereby you
may start to drop more small objects and develop atriophy. ...Read more
Loss of muscle mass: Patients that have conditions that can cause progressive muscle wasting are typically neurologic which are associated with a decrease in muscle mass leading to progressive weakness which can cause many different symptoms based on the muscle or muscles affected ...Read more
Weak: Atrophy (muscle wasting) is often sneaky and painless. The wasted muscle feels weak, and often 'untrustworthy'. A knee may buckle if the quad is atrophied, or grip may fail and cause dropping of objects with hand atrophy. Sometimes patients feel an aching due to fatigue, or even trembling. In some cases, twitching or spasms can occur. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247 can't take statis causes muscle wasting.?
Statin intolerance: Hi. If you can't tolerate any dose of a statin, that's a bummer, but it happens. Alternatives you could use include colesevelam and ezetimibe. New drugs will soon be out that you could also use (PCSK-9 inhibitors). But at least for now, get on colesevelam and ezetimibe to get that LDL controlled. Good luck. ...Read more
Ask doctor why?: Muscle wasting is seen with neurological problems, lack of exercise, aging, and when it is symptomatic, evaluation should be completed. When your doctor suggested that to you, the next question you should ask, "why doctor?". ...Read more
THE MUSCLES AROUND: The joint can be rehab'd, hope it goes well for you. It will take a lot of effort but of course it is worth it. ...Read more
My LDL is 167 and cholesterol is 247. I can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. Alternatives?
Diet and exercise: There are several non-statin medications that can improve cholesterol numbers, but the majority of evidence suggests that statins are the only agents that actually prevent things like heart attacks and strokes. The most beneficial thing that you can do is to live a healthy lifestyle-healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise, and not smoking. ...Read more
Lactate: Metabolic acidosis can be caused by a number of things. Elevated lactate levels from tissues that are poorly perfused with oxygen or nutrients can cause metabolic acidosis. Therefore, a possible relationship would be muscle wasting causing high lactate levels producing a metabolic acidosis. ...Read more
Global muscle wasting condition has resolved. What are the chances that i can redevelop calf strength to restore my arches which went flat?
Probably pretty good: Depends on the cause of the muscle wasting but assuming you are recovered you should be able to build back strength. Specifically the muscle that supports your arch is the tibialis posterior whcih lies adjacent to your medial tibia. A good way to strengthen that muscle is to stand with the ball of your foot on a step and your heels down then step up on your toes pulling your heels together. ...Read more
Muscle wasting after "diagnostic" epidural steroid injecton that turned out to be not diagnostic in 23 year old elite collegiate long distance runner?
Unrelated: Most likely esi and muscle waisting in your scenario are two independent events. ...Read more
Use it or lose it - : - applies very strongly to muscle. Pt forces the use of muscle and prevents atrophy. ...Read more
They shouldn't : It is more likely that the cause of the weakness and muscle wasting is the reason you got the injection on the first place. You should follow up with your neurologist. ...Read more
Been taking prednisone for while and have been noticing muscle wasting of certain muscles over others, does this sound about right?
Was diagnosed with PLS with myopathy in2012. I have some muscle wasting with increased muscle tone. Why do I have increased tone with muscle wasting?
PLS: Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a rare neuromuscular disease with slowly progressive weakness in voluntary muscle movement. PLS belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases. PLS affects the upper motor neurons in the arms, legs, and face. Symptoms include weakness, muscle stiffness and spasticity, clumsiness, slowing of movement, and problems with balance and speech. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with MND 10 years ago with muscle wasting noticed in my left hand.is there any cure?
Anyone who has: A chronic disease would benefit from working with a psychologist. They can help you cope with the challenges associated with the disease so that you can live your life to the fullest within the restraints of the disorder. Support groups for people with MND and similar neurological disorders can also be helpful. Talking with others your age and older who are coping with it will help. ...Read more
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